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May 8th, 2011, 09:33 PM  #11 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2009 From: Adelaide, Australia Posts: 1,519 Thanks: 3  Re: Simplification question
The rule is no longer reliable if imaginary numbers are introduced. For example, try x = y = 1.

May 8th, 2011, 09:44 PM  #12  
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Ormkärr  
May 8th, 2011, 10:01 PM  #13  
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This identity is the foundation of my recent solution of the general quintic. Needless to say, there are many imaginary components. Can't wait to hear your rebuttal, Mr. O! But alas, it's bedtime for The Chaz...  
May 8th, 2011, 10:14 PM  #14 
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The Chaz, I know of your solution, it is quite famous on the web, but I imagine it must be hard to live in a country which bans your work... seeing as your solution is a 'solution by radicals'... and we all know what happens to 'radicals' in the United States... they are 'eliminated'. Teacher: "How do you solve this equation containing radicals?" Class (in unison): "Isolate the radical! Eliminate the radical!" Teacher: "Waldo, I didn't hear you..." Ormkärr P.s. Where's Waldo now? 

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